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Potato Press-Does one exist?

chuck s Dec 14, 2004 12:47 PM

Since I have spent the better part of the past week shredding potatoes and then squeezing the liquid out of the result, I wondered if there is some kind of potato press (similar to a cider press) where one could pull a lever and a geared device would squeeze the liquid out of the shreds. Any ideas?

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    Ellen Dec 14, 2004 12:49 PM

    Wrap the grated potatoes in a linen towel and wring. It works great and you'd be amazed at the amount of water that comes out.

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      chuck s Dec 14, 2004 01:19 PM

      Thanks, I do that but we're talking about large quantities, so an easier method is needed.

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        suzannapilaf Dec 14, 2004 03:59 PM

        We once made a contraption similar to a big wooden tortilla press that fit over the sink, slightly sloped. We used it for frozen spinach and wrapped the spin in flexible screen that could be sanitized, then cranked down on the press handle to squeeze out the juice. It worked fairly well and might be worth looking into if you have to make a lot of latkes on a regular basis.

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          chuck s Dec 15, 2004 06:41 AM

          That sounds like what I pictured in my mind. How did you do it?

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            suzannapilaf Dec 15, 2004 12:37 PM

            This was YEARS ago and I wasn't the actual carpenter, just part of the design. Basically it was two pieces of wood, plywood I guess, hinged together with an arm that pulled down to squeeze. I remember that we didn't elevate the hinges enough so that the pressure wasn't as even as wanted. You need to make a high enough separation between the boards at the back where they hinge to press evenly on the cake of stuff you put in and then it is also helpful to have the back of the whole thing raised enough so that the liquid can drain away quickly. Of course you also have to somehow make all this washable...I'm thinking now that something that operated on the car jack principle might be easier? something you could just ratchet up. Hmmm...

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      Jujubee Dec 14, 2004 12:54 PM

      If the potato is raw you can just put it in a potato ricer (it looks like a giant garlic press) and squeeze out the extra liquid. I also use the potato ricer for squeezing extra liquid out of cooked spinach, extra.

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        Amy Dec 14, 2004 04:41 PM

        This is the way to go.

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        Deenso Dec 14, 2004 01:30 PM

        Would a salad spinner be helpful?

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          Caviar Dec 16, 2004 11:45 PM

          I'd think you could do this well by finding a colander and a steel bowl that nest (they probably don't even need to match up exactly), then pressing them together with the shredded potatoes in the middle. If the holes in the colander are too big, line it with cheesecloth.

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